From the Editor: Never Forget                                     



If You’re Really From Stamford, You’d Know … is the Facebook group that recently caught the attention of a multitude of procrastinators, including me. Many with a longtime Stamford connection have added a memory or two to the never-ending list of anecdotes, comments and remember-whens. I’ve enjoyed scrolling through your good times and favorite places. Definitely a time-drain, but it’s clear that whoever created this group tapped into a communal pride that needed a place to share the outpouring.

Our annual Ten Teens to Watch feature draws out this same pride from our readers. Once again, we have collected an extraordinary group that strives for excellence and reflects the best efforts of their parents and schools. It’s a pleasure to get to know them, and humbling to learn about their accomplishments and goals. The bright futures that await them seem a given.

Upon reflection, it is astonishing to think that these kids were barely entering elementary school when terrorists attacked our country on September 11, 2001. In another feature (page 64), we learn that Stamford’s Jules Naudet was near the World Trade Center that morning with his brother, Gédéon, beginning that day’s shoot for a documentary the two were filming about a rookie firefighter at Engine 7, Ladder 1. While the firefighters were answering a routine call about a gas leak, Jules heard a roar overhead. He instinctively turned his camera toward the sky, and followed the plane’s path into the north tower, the only known footage of the moment everything changed.

Jules and Gédéon trailed the firefighters all day, inside the WTC and around the site, filming their immediate confusion, subsequent shock and ultimate horror as the towers collapsed around them. The resulting film, titled simply 9/11 (to be broadcast this Sept. 11 on CBS), continues weeks into the rescue and clean-up at Ground Zero, a period when the firefighters—and filmmakers—try to process what they witnessed and survived and begin asking themselves why, while vowing to never forget.

Over the last decade, the Naudet brothers have worked on other projects that reflexively continue to ask why. The answers are difficult to find, says Jules, but we can come closer with greater understanding of our differences.

In this issue, as we celebrate the promise of what lies ahead for our terrific teens, and look back on what we lost ten years ago, let us also remember the victims’ families, and hope for a safer and more peaceful future.

Stamford Agenda

  • New Fitness Class: SalsaTone

    2014.11.01

    Starting November 1st ~ Every Saturday morning 10 to 11 AM Instructor: Melissa Lopez Start your weekend off right with this exciting cardio...

  • Recovery Climb 2014

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    Liberation Programs' Recovery Climb 2014 will take place on Saturday, November 1, 2014 at Chelsea Piers in Stamford. Liberation's...

  • Salsa Workshop for Advanced Beginnners

    2014.11.01

    Instructor: April Genovese Time: 2:30 - 4:30pm Price: $30 April will teach turn patterns and open shines every Advanced Beginner should...

  • Dream Ball Gala

    2014.11.01

      Cocktails, dinner, dancing, a silent auction and a Giving Tree will all be included during the 10th annual Dream Ball gala, to be...

  • Kids Fun Night | Movie Night in the Pool!

    2014.11.01

    Grades K – 5. Bring your friends to hang out and watch a movie in the coolest way possible; while floating in the pool! This Kids Fun Night...

  • French Market (Farmers’ Market) | Stamford, CT

    2014.06.07

    Visit our farmers’ market with vendors offering the freshest fruits, vegetables, flowers, baked goods and more! Straight from the farm...

  • French Market (Farmers’ Market)

    2014.06.14

    Visit our farmers’ market with vendors offering the freshest fruits, vegetables, flowers, baked goods and more! Straight from the farm and...

  • Parties at the JCC Center

    2014.09.02

    A place to celebrate birthdays and special occasions. Be a guest at your own party! The JCC offers a wonderful space for you and your guests to...

  • The Way We Worked

    2014.09.20

    September 20 through November 4, 9am – 5pm The Way We Worked is a fun and nostalgic look back at the history of working people in...

  • NFL Specials

    2014.09.17

    Are you ready to spend Football Sunday and Mondays with us at the Whale? Join us for $4 Bud Light Drafts, $8 Signature Bloody Mary’s and...

  • College Football Specials

    2014.09.17

    Calling all College Football fans! Watch your favorite college football team score a touchdown at Sign of the Whale. Drink specials include $4...

  • Stamford Museum & Nature Center Facility Use

    2014.09.01

    September 1 – December 31, After 5pm For a truly unique and memorable venue, host your event or meeting on the picturesque 118-acre...

  • Jewish Arts & Film Festival of Fairfield County

    2014.10.25

    Saturday, October 25 – Sunday, November 2 Mark your calendar for Saturday, October 25 through Sunday, November 2 for the 13th season of the...

  • Wheels in the Woods Fall Activity Trail

    2014.11.02

    Sundays, November 2 - 30, Noon - 4 pm Our popular self-guided activity trail returns with new activities. Identify fall birds, do a mini...

  • Restaurant: Family Night | Stamford, CT

    2014.06.05

    Every Sunday evening from 5:30PM - 8:30PM Bring the kids to enjoy our Magician, special kids menu, fun for the entire family!

  • Monday Morning Open House

    2014.06.02

    An advanced workspace, COMRADITY is a GOOGLE-style shared workspace with blistering fast Fiber Optic internet in furnished private and open...

  • JCC Sara Walker Nursery School Registration

    2014.08.11

    Registration for the 2014/15 school Our Nursery School programs are designed to help children learn in an interactive and playful way while...

  • FAll 2014 Semester beginning - Ballet School of Stamford

    2014.09.15

    Our Fall semester begins on September 15th in our beautiful studios at Old Town Hall in Stamford. We offer classes for children age 3 to 18. Our...

  • Vacation Day Programs at the J - Glow in the Dark Mini Golf at FunFuzion

    2014.11.04

    Grades K – 6. All vacation days include arts and crafts, nut-free/kosher snacks, free swim and various games and activities. Participants...

  • BU8: DJ Trivia | Stamford, CT

    2014.06.05

    Come test your Wit and skills with TRIVIA. The top 3 teams claim prizes. Great specials and a great time for those who...


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